‘Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.’
- Pablo Picasso
The art and design curriculum at Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary School seeks to inspire, engage and challenge pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art. As they progress through the school, they will develop a deeper understanding of art and design, exploring the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
Our curriculum is designed to help pupils learn the whole story of art, or rather ‘art beyond the procedural’. In order to achieve this, we employ a variety of teaching strategies. These include:
In addition, art and design also has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of our school. Incorporating art into the wider curriculum is intrinsic to teaching at Runnymede St Edward's. Our Young Edwardians are ‘encouraged to use their talents to the full’, we pride ourselves on using the work of pupils to provide a vibrant and stimulating environment throughout the school.
Our vision is to ensure that all children not only develop their artistic techniques, but are also inspired and influenced through the study of art at Runnymede St Edward's. In working with a local artist, studying the works of famous artists and examining art from different cultures - we aim to provide our pupils with the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in becoming well-rounded, informed citizens.
Art and design is a flourishing subject within our school. Our teaching and learning overtly promotes the subject, whilst valuing its unique contribution to pupils’ personal development and its impact on their wider achievement.
To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, pupils draw, paint and sculpt with a range of materials. We teach our pupils how to ‘look at art’ through Art Appreciation; something which we believe they will benefit from for life. It is our intention for any pupil to be able to walk into a museum or gallery and be able to appreciate and discuss the exhibits with confidence, knowledge and insight.
In our school, we place a huge emphasis on art within the school environment and celebrate pupil successes via headteacher/governors awards and a pupil art gallery. We also have a popular after-school ‘Art Club’
We use a number of ways to measure and assess the impact of our intent and implementation. This helps us refine and adapt our planning further which, in turn, improves the quality of teaching and learning: